Clock is Ticking: Contact Your Legislators Today on HF221

From our friends at Iowa Solar Solar Energy Trade Association  With the legislative session scheduled to end April 30th, it’s crucial House File 221 starts to move through the process before time runs out. HF221 would decouple Iowa’s state tax credit from the federal ITC, pay down the waitlist and raise the program cap. If no action is taken, thousands of Iowa farmers, homeowners and small businesses on the tax credit waitlist will

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Applications for the Green Iowa Program Open!

Join the Winneshiek Energy District’s Green Iowa Americorps team!  Applications are now open for both summer and full 11 month terms. WED Americorps members provide valuable energy efficiency services to households in our community, create and facilitate family programing, remove invasive species from our community parks, and much more! Click here to apply for the program! Questions about serving at WED?  Email Heidi Eger,  

First Step Home Audit Signups Re-open for Vaccinated Families

Is every member of your household fully vaccinated against Covid-19? If so, the Green Iowa Americorps team is excited to offer you a First Step Home Energy Audit! Call our office (563) 382-4207 to schedule your appointment.  We will require all applicants to complete and sign a form listing all members of a household and providing their dates and types of vaccination. An audit will be scheduled no sooner than

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Electric Pickup Trucks are Here

by Matt Staver, Green Iowa Americorps 2021 may be an important year for electric vehicles. The first consumer electric pickup trucks are set to hit the market later this year. This is big news for Iowa, where trucks are the best-selling vehicle by far.  In this article, I have curated a list of electric trucks that are set to be released in 2021 or 2022, and what we know about

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Sign-up for Bring an EV to Work Day!

Are you a business owner? Do you want to showcase an electric vehicle at your business? Then sign-up here and one of our EV ambassadors will arrange a time to bring an electric vehicle. Name First Last Name of businessHow many employees do you have?What day(s) work best for you?PhoneEmail

Sign up to be an EV Ambassador!

Do you love your EV? Do you want to show off your car to people interested in buying an EV? Sign-up to be an EV Ambassador and we will contact you when we have outreach opportunities. Name First Last PhoneEmail Car Make and Model*Year of CarWhat types of outreach events are you interested in? Single EV Showcase at the Farmers Market Large Multi-EV Expos Parades Bring to your EV to

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March Energy Lunch: Electric Vehicle Planning in NE Iowa

In March, Michelle Barness from Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, updated us on the regional EV planning study underway in Northeast Iowa. The study covers a 6 county area and looks at current market trends, charging infrastructure needs, models for public charging, and even EV job training programs! WED is excited to be a partner on this study. EVs are experiencing an exponentially increasing share of the vehicle market. Winneshiek

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To All Our Donors, Thank You for Your Support! 

As we wrap up our 2020 Membership Drive, we are filled with gratitude for all of our member donors who were able to give to support our mission of advancing the clean energy transition. 2020 was WED’s tenth birthday so this membership season was extra special.  Thank you to all of you who have been members since the beginning, to all of our new members, and who give when you can!

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Honey Bees in a Solar Field: A Sweet Combination

By Maggie Anderson, Green Iowa Americorps  Joel Fassbinder, local beekeeper and owner of Highlandville Honey Farm, enhances the newly emerging and exciting environmentally friendly technique of putting pollinator habitat underneath solar arrays, thanks to his honey bee hives located in a solar field! Dramatic declines in insect abundance and diversity are becoming increasingly well documented worldwide, largely as a result of global warming and habitat loss. There is a need

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Clean Energy and Conservation

Cody Smith, Policy Associate at the Center for Rural Affairs, works on midwest policies that help amplify the positive effects of clean energy. There are many opportunity to combine clean, renewable energy infrastructure with beneficial habitat for native species.  Whether planting pollinator habitat under solar panels, creating migratory bird corridors along transmission lines, or improving habitat around wind turbines, there are lots of exciting ways to link clean energy and

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